If you are a parent who is watching your child struggle through a debilitating mental health issue, then you may find yourself in a really tough situation. You might see yourself in the difficult position of wanting so badly to be a part of their recovery process, but finding it hard to connect with your child perhaps at a time when they need this connection the most. Whether your child is overcoming an addiction or working through depression or a traumatic experience, the love and support of their family is key to helping them step forward into a happier existence. If you do not know how to approach helping your child through therapy, as most people do not, then working with them through the issues that they are struggling with can be really helpful in their recovery process. This is one reason that couples therapy is such a great way to help your loved ones find peace and success through psychotherapy. While working in individual therapy or group therapy can be good, working with your family members can be a really powerful experience for someone trying to overcome a disorder. After all, whether parents like it or not, there is a reason that their child is experiencing the issues they are experiencing. While this is not to say that parents are all to blame for the faults and errors of their children, approaching the issues your family faces with a bit of humility might be a powerful way to help your family heal from the issues that members are struggling with.
One great example of this is a scenario in which a child in a family has an eating disorder that he or she is working to overcome. This disorder might have been triggered by any number of instances. Perhaps there is another traumatic experience that has pushed the child towards this as a mechanism for coping. Perhaps the child is experiencing a lack of control in his or her life and the eating disorder is a way to regain that control. Either way, there are a lot of reasons that a family’s presence in a therapy session might be positive. First, with eating disorders there are often familial disordered eating patterns that can push a child to use food as a coping mechanism. Being willing to identify these things as a family can help a child work through the roots of the problem. Next, if a child is unwilling to open up in therapy, engaging in the therapy with family members who can set a good example of open discussion might help the child begin to talk openly and therefore make headway in coming up with solutions to the problems they are facing.
This is just one example of the ways family therapy can provide powerful support in helping members solve issues they are facing. This can be a challenging format, for certain, but this is one of the best ways for families to come together and open up in order to solve the issues they face together.